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Mardi Gras Rice Salad

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“I think the first time I made this recipe I was 12 years old and it was for a state Rice Cookery contest. I had to give a presentation about rice while preparing the dish and my knees were knocking together so hard that I barely got the dish plated and served; however, it won me 2nd place. My family requests this often. It is a flavorful side dish.”

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  1. Prepare the rice in a medium saucepan, by bringing the water to a boil. Stir in rice. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes.
  2. After the rice is done and cooled, in a large bowl combine cooked rice with with ham, bacon, celery, tomato, onion, and bell pepper. Toss well.
  3. In a small bowl, prepare the dressing by whiskin together salad dressing, thyme, chili powder, salt, and garlic.
  4. Pour over salad and toss to coat.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Add crumbled bacon immediately prior to serving.

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